FAA’s Free App of the Day – DrawRace 2

We’re working together with the team at Free App Alliance to highlight a great free app for you to check out everyday.

DrawRace 2 is an award-winning racer that’s packed full of content, including a gymkhana skill game and a single-player campaign that features no fewer than 180 challenges.

In this high-speed racer, you navigate your motor around a series of detailed top-down tracks by drawing your vehicle’s path with your finger. The speed at which you trace the racing line on your device’s screen dictates the acceleration and deceleration of your car. Don’t expect an easy ride, basically. DrawRace 2 and DrawRace 2 HD for the iPad are both currently free for a limited time.

DrawRace 2 Chillingo, DrawRace 2 - Free
DrawRace 2 HD Chillingo, DrawRace 2 HD - Free

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iPad mini Pre-orders have begun, white and silver models to ship in 2 weeks

As revealed during Apple’s recent media event, the iPad mini is now available for pre-orders on Apple.com (in the US and 25 other countries). While the Black & Slate color is showing a November 2nd delivery date in all capacities, the White & Silver appears to be the more popular choice (either that or stock was limited to begin with) as its shipping date has been pushed back to 2 weeks. The 16/32/64GB Wifi only models go for $329/$429/$529, and the Wifi+Cellular have a $130 premium, at $459/$559/$659. If you’re planning on ordering the Wifi+3G/LTE mini, do note that these won’t ship until mid – late November, depending on what country you live in. Apple will also launch the iPad mini in stores on Nov 2nd, so there’s still a chance to line up and grab those shiny white ones sooner rather than later.

 

Languages released for iPhone – a cheap and gorgeous offline translator

Languages, brought to you by Sonico (iTranslate+) and Tapity (Grades 2), may very well be the last translator you’ll ever need on your iPhone or iPod Touch. It’s not only beautifully designed and works offline, but it’s also just $0.99. Twelve complete language dictionaries are included (Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch etc.), so there’s no need for internet access to look up words and phrases – most ideal for when traveling with your iDevice.

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Quick Pick: PDF Cabinet for iPad

Besides using my iPad 3 for surfing the web, working on TMA articles when I’m on the road or watching movies/TV shows, I love my PDF apps for reading ebooks, documents and magazines. For the longest time, my two favorite have been the ever reliable GoodReader and PDF Expert. However, I recently came across a lesser known app in the crowded genre by Com-Tec-Co - PDF Cabinet - and it’s quickly won me over. Not only is it well designed, but it’s also got one of the most intuitive and easy to use annotations interface I’ve come across.

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iBooks app updated with improved social sharing, continuous scrolling and more

The new version of the iBooks app showcased during this afternoon’s Media Event is now live on the App Store. The 3.0 update shows all your ebooks purchases in the cloud right from the bookshelf (iOS 6 only), as well as an all new scroll theme that lets you continously scroll through your ebooks should you wish to ditch the page turns. And sharing quotes is now made possible by highlighting selected text, and sharing them via Facebook, Twitter, Messages or Mail. Here’s the complete list of What’s New:

Introducing iBooks 3

• See all your iBookstore purchases in iCloud—right on your bookshelf with iOS 6
• Scroll vertically through your books with the flick of a finger using the new Scroll theme
• Receive free updates to purchased books—including new chapters, corrections, and other improvements
• Look up definitions for words in German, Spanish, French, Japanese and Simplified Chinese with iOS 6
• Share quotes or thoughts about your favorite book with friends on Facebook, Twitter, Messages, or Mail

iBooks Apple, iBooks - Free

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iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors, retail for $39

Just as the iPad mini has shrunk down in size, Apple’s Smart Cover has done likewise to protect the iPad mini’s 7.9-inch screen. The biggest difference from before is that the metal hinge that snaps onto the iPad’s side has been replaced by a new design that essentially wraps the device in a single piece of polyurethane material.

The cover that wakes up, stands up, and brightens up iPad has been redesigned for iPad mini.11 And what a smart pair they are. iPad mini and the iPad mini Smart Cover, that is. Magnetic technology built into each one really pulls them together. The Smart Cover snaps perfectly into place to protect your screen — without adding bulk. Open the Smart Cover and your iPad mini wakes up. Close it and your iPad mini goes to sleep. Fold the Smart Cover and it becomes a stand. It’s all just so, well, smart.

The iPad mini Smart Cover will come in 6 colors and retail for $39. Check out the official Apple video after the break.

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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display now shipping on Apple.com

The 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display joins its bigger 15-inch sibling with the distinction of having the highest resolution found on any laptop. Announced during today’s Apple Media Event, the new 13.3 inch MBP has a Retina Display with 2560 x 1600 pixels (the 15-inch version has 2880 x 1800 pixels), which is nearly double the pixels found on an HDTV. The screen has 29% higher contrast ratio, 75% reduced reflection, IPS technology for 178 degree viewing angle and 300 nit brightness. Just as impressive is that it’s only 0.75 inch thick and weighs 3.57 pounds, nearly a pound lighter than its 13-inch predecessor.

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iPad Mini page now up on Apple.com, watch the intro video

The iPad Mini product page is now live on Apple.com. Head over to get a closer look at the latest 7.9-inch iPad and see for yourself why it’ll blow all other similarly sized tablets out of the water. The nearly 5 minute intro video to the iPad Mini has also been uploaded, so be sure to check that out if you missed the live stream earlier.

Update: the iPad Mini intro video has been embedded below.

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Apple Introduces the 7.9-inch iPad Mini

After months of endless speculation, Apple has finally unveiled the iPad Mini. This slick iPad has a 7.9 inch diagonal display and is just 7.2mm thick, which is 23% thinner than the original iPad. Phil Schiller has compared it to being as thick as a pencil and as light as a pad of paper. Here are the iPad Mini’s main features:

  • 1024×768 resolution – same as the original iPad
  • Weighs only 0.68 pounds
  • Dual-core A5 chip
  • FaceTime HD camera
  • 5 megapixel iSight on the back
  • LTE support
  • 10 Hour battery life
As for pricing, the 16Gb Wifi model starts at $329, with the 32GB going for $429 and 64GB for $529. The 16GB Wifi + LTE will start at $459. Pre-orders for the Wifi models can be made starting Oct 26th, with the official launch date being November 2nd.

Watch the Apple Special Event at 1PM EST online or Apple TV

In about two hours time, at 10AM PST/1PM EST, you’ll be able to watch the Apple Special Event (aka iPad Mini Announcement, among other Mac related news) live directly from Apple.com on your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Mac. The keynote will also be streamed live to the Apple TV.

Watch a live video stream of the special event online or via Apple TV starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT.

Live streaming video requires Safari 4 or later on Mac OS X v10.6 or later; Safari on iOS 4.2 or later. Streaming via Apple TV requires second- or third-generation Apple TV with software 5.0.2 or later.

This will be the first time that Apple has live streamed a product launch event since October 2010.